Farmers Weekly Academy

The Farmers Academy is an e-learning platform for farmers

  • Learn from top national specialists in the country
  • Acquire CPD points for accredited industry schemes
  • Check your knowledge of key farm management issues

There are more than 150 modules on this platform covering arable and livestock technical subjects as well as business advice

 

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Grassland weed control

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by Mark Ballingall (SAC Research)  Course Grassland weed control

Managing weeds in grass for grazing or conservation is crucial to maximise its nutritional value and ensure peak animal performance. Mark Ballingall from SAC and Mark Palmer from Agrovista round up some essential advice.

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Soils 2: Drainage

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by Caroline Drummond (Leaf)  Course Sustainable Soils

A well-drained soil means water can pass through easily and the soil avoids becoming waterlogged (anaerobic). Obvious signs of poor drainage are where water is lying on the surface, poaching problems are evident and erosion has occurred.

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Broad-leaf weeds

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by Mark Ballingall (SAC Research)  Course Weed control

Herbicide-resistant blackgrass has grabbed all the attention in recent years, but there is a growing problem in broad-leaved weeds. Mark Ballingall looks at how growers can cut the risk of resistance developing in their fields.

Sponsored By Nufarm

Nufarm have one of the widest ranges of cereal broad-leaved weed actives.   Major brands…
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Brome grasses

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by Ben Freer (NIAB TAG)  Course Weed control

Even low levels of brome grass in winter wheat (10 plants/sq m) can result in yield losses on 8% so its important to understand the types of brome, their impact and control, Ben Freer, head of technical services at NIAB TAG explains.

Sponsored By BASF

If you can spot brome in your crop you are losing yield. Integrating cultural control…
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Succession planning

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by Matt Lobley (Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter)  Course Succession planning

There is no doubt that achieving a smooth transfer between farming generations is a challenge for many. However, with a careful long-term approach, a successful plan can be made for both family and business.

Sponsored By NFU Mutual

It can be quite a daunting topic to raise with family members, whether it’s because…
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Fertiliser 3: Grass nutrition

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by Ian Richards (Ecopt Consultancy)  Course Fertiliser management

Tighter margins increase the need to maximise output from grass, whether for grazing or conservation. Independent adviser Ian Richards of Suffolk-based Ecopt consultancy outlines the principles of fertiliser requirement.

Sponsored By Yara

“Yara is the leading fertiliser company developing site-specific, balanced nutrient recommendations for grassland farmers. "In…
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Fluke and worms in cattle

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by Dr Basil Lowman (Scottish Agricultural College)  Course Winter Health

Worms in cattle are responsible for significant losses in production, decreased fertility, poor growth and in some cases death, so taking steps to prevent and treat them is crucial.

Sponsored By Zoetis

We are working every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by…
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Calf pneumonia

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by George Caldow (SAC)  Course Winter Health

Find out more about the main causes of pneumonia in calves and the best way to treat a disease that can prove costly to both stocks' health and your bottom line.

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Turnip yellows virus

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by Mark Stevens (Dr) (British Beet Research Organisation)  Course Oilseed rape diseases

Better understanding of turnip yellows virus could help growers significantly increase yields. Mark Stevens, lead scientist at the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) and Caroline Nicholls, research and knowledge transfer manager at HGCA summarise the latest understanding of the disease.

Sponsored By Syngenta

Early infection, transmitted by autumn aphid feeding activity, is most damaging to crop yield, and…
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Important notice about your CPD points

Before completing any courses, you’ll need to add your CPD membership numbers to your profile.
To add your membership number, sign in and go to your profile. Click on the CPD Schemes tab and enter in your details.

Featured Courses

Winter Health

The challenging spring may have left a legacy of health issues this coming winter. Farmers Weekly is launching a five course Winter Health Academy to equip farmers with the know-how to prevent any potential problems.

Modules within this course
  1. Calf pneumonia

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  2. Calf scours

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  3. Fluke and worms in cattle

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  4. Housing

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  5. Winter Health: Nutrition

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Diseases and pests in sheep

Endoparasites (inside the animal) and ectoparasites (outside the animal) adversely affect animal health and performance. Worms are becoming increasingly difficult to control using anthelmintics (wormers) and there is a growing problem of resistance to understand and deal with. Sheep Scab is an animal welfare issue and can reduce animal performance. This course cover worms and scab with more modules to come.

Modules within this course
  1. Scab in sheep

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  2. Sheep lameness

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  3. Worms in sheep

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Oilseed rape diseases

The main oilseed rape diseases Light Leaf Spot, Phoma (Stem Canker) and Sclerotinia can all be costly in yield losses. For effective economic control it is important to know the growing conditions which encourage these diseases, how to identify the symptoms and the recommended threshold for fungicide treatments. There are a number of free-to-use industry tools for forecasting oilseed rape diseases which can be useful to determine the in-season and regional disease risks. See: Phoma, Sclerotinia and Light Leaf Spot.

Modules within this course
  1. Light leaf spot

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  2. Sclerotinia life cycle and biology

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  3. Sclerotinia risk assessment

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  4. Turnip yellows virus

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Slug Control

Slugs are major pest of UK cereal crops. They thrive in wet springs and summers, with populations quickly getting out of control. The cost of slug damage in winter wheat is estimated to be between £2 and £3 million per year. A single slug can kill up to 50 grain seeds in the first week after sowing.

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Soil Management

Fertile soil is not only vital for the production of food, but it also plays a key role in the environment – as pollution prevention, by breaking down or reducing the impact of chemical contaminants and an important carbon storage reserve. Soils are also important in nutrient cycling and regulating water flow and flood risk reduction. Managing soils correctly is essential and these modules focus on good husbandry and ways to protect the soil structure. Did you know that? It can take more than 150 years for 1cm of topsoil to form min-till cultivation can deliver savings on some farms…

Modules within this course
  1. Soils: capping and slumping

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  2. Soils: compaction

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  3. Soils: husbandry

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  4. Soils: poaching

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  5. Soils: wind erosion

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